La Rambla Stage

Master of Ceremonies Steve Piacente.  Special Guests:  Roye Okupe, Eve Zibart, Andrew Gifford, Jeffrey Blount, Rick Campbell

Special Guests


Master of Ceremonies – Steve Piacente

Steve Piacente is an Executive Communication Coach at The Communication Center in Washington DC, a former journalist, and an award-winning author…[More]

Special Guest Speaker – Eve Zibart

Eve Zibart is a long-time contributor and restaurant columnist to the Washington Post and author of several books, including several of the best-selling Unofficial Guide series.


Special Guest Speaker – Roye Okupe

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Roye Okupe is a creative specialist who holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in computer science from The George Washington University. His passion for animation led him to found YouNeek Studios in 2012…[More]


Special Guest Speaker – Andrew Gifford

For more than 70 years, Gifford’s Ice Cream and Candy Company was associated with nothing but pleasure for native Washingtonians and visitors to the nation’s capital…[More]

Jeffrey Blount

Special Guest Speaker – Jeffrey Blount

Jeffrey Blount is a multiple award-winning author. His novel, Hating Heidi Foster, won the 2013 Readers’ Favorite Book Award for young adult fiction.  His novel, Almost Snow White, is a winner of the USA Book News Award. In recent years, he has put his writing talent to use working on documentary films and interactive projects.…[More]


Special Guest Speaker – Rick Campbell

Rick Campbell, a retired Navy Commander, spent more than twenty years in the Navy, serving on four nuclear-powered submarines. On his last submarine, he was one of the two men whose permission is required to launch its nuclear warhead-tipped missiles.…[More]